Paw Paw District #271 March 16, 2020 Update Dear Parents/Guardians: Thank you for your flexibility and patience as Paw Paw Schools navigate this health event in our community and our nation. You will be receiving regular updates from the district throughout the school closure. Below is information for this week: Educational Materials The Paw Paw Staff has put together Alternative Learning Packets for all students Kindergarten through 8th grade. Packets will be available at the school TODAY, March 16th from 2 pm - 3:30 pm and on Tuesday, March 17th from 11am - 12:30 pm. Parents can remain in their cars. Staff will be waiting at the doors to hand you the materials for your child(ren). All pickup locations will be labeled as follows. Last Names from A-E will pick up outside the Elementary Doors Last Names F-M will pick up outside the Main Doors Last Names N-Z will pick up outside the Junior High wing by the Soccer Field Doors Teachers will use email, Class Dojo or the Remind App to be in communication with you. Lunches Lunches will be available for all Paw Paw Students/ Indian Creek High School Students in Paw Paw on March 17, 18. 19, 20 and 30 from 11am - 12:30 pm. Pick ups will take place at the following: Last Names from A-E will pick up outside the Elementary Doors Last Names F-M will pick up outside the Main Doors Last Names N-Z will pick up outside the Junior High wing by the Soccer Field Doors ALL Indian Creek/Paw Paw HS Students will pick up outside the doors by the playground/top of the hill Teacher Hours Our teachers will be available to answer messages through Class Dojo, Remind or email between the hours of 9 am and 2:00 pm. Daily communications should be coming to you from your child's teachers. The staff will be observing Spring Break (March 23rd - 27th); regular communication will begin again on March 30. Office Hours The main office at Paw Paw School District will be open this week from 8 am - 3:00 pm Please call if you have any questions: 815-627-2671 Please contact the office with questions. We are here to assist you and your children throughout the school closure. Thank you for your patience and flexibility! Eve Phillips Principal
Parents/Guardians: Please check your email, Facebook or School Website for an important update from Paw Paw CUSD #271.
Parents/Guardians: Please check your email accounts for an important message about school lunches this week. If you are unable to check your emails, please call the main office at 815-627-2671 by 3:00 pm today. Thank you for your assistance.
Parents, Guardians and Staff: Note: There will be no student attendance from March 16 through March 30, 2020. Due to an increase in nearby counties with confirmed cases of COVID-19, the Paw Paw District will not hold school on Monday, March 16 as previously stated. This decision was made after the Governor’s Press Conference late afternoon today. Teachers and Staff will be reporting on Monday, March 16, to prepare Alternative Education Plans for students. We will have more information on distribution of learning materials for you tomorrow. We will hold the regular Board of Education meeting on Monday evening and are asking that everyone observe social distancing protocols as requested by the health departments. As this health situation evolves, we may have to make changes to our decisions and protocols as needed.
Today, Governor Pritzker announced that all Illinois schools will be closed beginning March 17 and will reopen March 31 to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Paw Paw students are expected to be at school for a regular school day on March 16. At that time, we will be sending home alternate education plans that may include an online component, handouts or packets. Packets will contain educational materials for March 17, 18, 19, and 20. The School Board Meeting will be held on Monday night as scheduled. All other activities, athletics, and facility rentals are canceled until the reopening of school on March 30. Governor Pritzker may extend the cancellation so please plan accordingly. Social distancing is an important component of our pandemic planning, reducing the potential for exposure if the virus is found in our community. This is an unprecedented event in our lifetime. This public health emergency is evolving rapidly, and we will continue to inform you as quickly as we can of any changes. Any student with planned travel to an affected region should contact the school to report their plans; those who develop concerning symptoms will be immediately referred to the health department. We encourage you to follow the travel advisories from the U.S. Department of State and the CDC. This is an unprecedented event in our lifetime. This public health emergency is evolving rapidly, and we will continue to adapt and adjust our plan based on the most up-to-date information. Thank you for your assistance in keeping our students and community healthy. Please contact the school office with questions: 815-627-2671 or Principal Eve Phillips - email@example.com Interim Superintendent- Lynn Gibson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Important Notice About JR. 10 Conference Activities The Jr. 10 Conference continues to actively monitor reports on COVID-19 and follow guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health and local health departments. They has decided to postpone the Jr. 10 Spelling Bee at Serena High School scheduled for March 17, 2020. We are evaluating each Conference event as the situation continues to evolve. All decisions are being made with the safety and well being of our students in mind, and we are being as responsive as possible with the information we are gathering.
8th Grade Parents: There will be a short meeting on Wednesday February 26th in the cafeteria following the girls game/8th grade night to discuss the 8th grade class trip. Please notify Amber Edwards for information if you are unable to attend the meeting.
Parents/Guardians: This is a message to let you know that we WILL be transporting students who ride the bus home today after our noon dismissal. So sorry for the inconvenience this may of caused this morning. Thank you.
We sincerely apologize for the late notice. Due to the cold weather we are having trouble with our bus transportation. For K-8 students, if you are not able to get your children to school, it will be an excused absence. High School students should come to the school and we will transport them to Indian Creek.
Due to the forecasted ice and snow, Paw Paw Schools will be canceling the 8th Grade Basketball Tournament tomorrow, January 18th.
Parents/Guardians: With many of our students being absent because of illnesses, we wanted to send out this reminder of the School District’s policy on Attendance as stated in the Student/Parent Handbook. Regular attendance is a key factor for students’ success in school. Students should be absent from school only when absolutely necessary, as classroom activity cannot be made up. Discussions, homework help on assignments and participation are lost to those who are absent. Once a student reaches the limitation of nine (9) absence days (whether excused or unexcused), the District will only excuse absences for illness of the student as documented by a doctor’s note or being sent home by the school nurse/office staff for a qualifying illness (temperature above 100 degrees, vomiting/diarrhea, etc). It is also important to remember that students must be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school from a fever or after vomiting/diarrhea. Students will be sent home if they return to school before the 24 hours. This is to ensure the health of other students in the building. Students who are unexcused will not receive credit for classroom work missed. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Eve Phillips, Principal at Paw Paw Schools.
Due to the forecasted ice and snow, Paw Paw School will be canceling the 7th Grade Basketball Tournament tomorrow, January 11th. The girls will still have practice tonight. Also, the Junior High Winter Formal Dance at Earlville High School that is schedule for Saturday January 11th is being cancelled and rescheduled for Saturday, January 25th . Thank You.
JH 7th Grade basketball tourney for Saturday, January 11, 2020 has been cancelled.
Monday January 6, 2020, There will be normal bus transportation for Paw Paw High School students to Indian Creek High School.
Junior High Boys Basketball will play on Monday, December 16th at 4:30 pm against Lisbon in the conference tournament. If they win on Monday, they will play Earlville on Tuesday at 4:30 pm. All games will be played at Millbrook.
Reminder that the Winter concert is this Thursday (12/12) at 6:30PM. Call time for K-4 is 6:15PM in their teacher's classroom. Call time for 5th grade beginning band and Junior high band choir is 5:45PM in the Music room. Please email or call Mr. Duffy before Wednesday if your student will not be able to attend the concert and if you have any other questions. Thank you! Email: email@example.com Phone: 815-627-2841 ext238
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Parents: Just to let you know the 8th Grade Night for Junior High Boy's Basketball and Junior High Cheerleading will be held on Wednesday December 11, 2019 during the last home game of the season. Thank You!
Parents & Guardians, I wanted to let you all know that today we had a problem with our boiler system. We called our system technicians and the local fire chief came to make sure everything was good. The students safety was our number one concern and they both assured us that we are safe to have school continue. I wanted to keep you all informed. If you have any Questions, please contact me. Have a great weekend, Eve Phillips
For the Boys Basketball game Tuesday, November 19th at Indian Creek at 4:30: The basketball players who can get their own transportation, please do so. All other players will go on the short bus. Please let Coach Alstadt know if you are getting your own ride. The Jr High cheerleaders will need to provide their own transportation. Thank you.
Junior High Boys Basketball: The make up game with Indian Creek has been re-schedule for Tuesday, November 19th at 4:30 pm at Indian Creek.
All after school activities at Paw Paw School, including practices and games have been cancelled for tonight due to the weather. Thank you!
All games and practices are cancelled for tonight because of the weather.
This message is form the Paw Paw Lions Club winter basketball league. We have teams/clinics for the following teams: All kids ages 3-7. We also have a team for girls in 3rd and 4th grade. We need a coach for this team. They will be playing in the girls' league in Earlville. We did not get enough players for the following teams. 3rd and 4th grade boys, 5th grade boys, 6 grade boys, 7th grade boys, 8th grade boys. Parents of these players may sign their players up for the Indian Creek Recreation League if they wish them to play for this winter season. The website is https://indiancreekrecreation.leagueapps.com. Registration is due by Sunday, November 17. Please contact Erin Odle 815.994.2433 with any questions. Thank you.
Parents: Just wanted to let you know about a schedule change. The November 18th basketball game against Earlville has been rescheduled for December 3rd. at 4:30. Thank You!
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8th grade Parents: Pizza order pick up is tomorrow from 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm in the cafeteria. Thank you.
Junior High Parents: Parent Teacher Conferences are this coming Wednesday, October 23rd and Thursday, October 24th from 4:00 pm to 7:30 p.m. Please be sure to complete the form sent home with your student to schedule a time for your conference if you have not done so already. This form can be returned to Mrs. Hall with your student on Monday. Thank you and have a great weekend.
Volleyball parents: There will be a brief ice cream party from 3:30pm to 4:00 pm Wednesday, October 16th in the gym. Uniforms need to be returned to the office. Thank you.
8th Grade Parents: Pizza order forms and money are due to the office by 3:00 pm tomorrow. Thank You.
Volleyball will have practice tonight, Tuesday, October 1st.
Volleyball and Soccer Parents: The Volleyball game tonight against Lisbon has been CANCELLED due to a power outage at the school. Soccer will still be playing their game at 5:00. The Volleyball game will be rescheduled for Tuesday, October 8th at Lisbon. Thank you!
The soccer game that is scheduled today, Friday, September 27th against Newark has been CANCELLED. The volleyball game will still be played as scheduled. Thank you!
To Junior High Soccer Players: The makeup day for the soccer game against Serena will be Tuesday, October 8th at 4:15 pm here at Paw Paw Schools.
This message is for parents of 5th-8th girls. Reminder: fall basketball league registration is due to the school by Friday, September 6. Please contact Erin Odle at 815.994.2433 with questions. This is a great way to get ready for school basketball. Thank you.
Soccer game is cancelled due to the weather. Volleyball game is still on. Sept. 3, 2019.
Congratulations to the approved Paw Paw Junior High FFA chapter and to Ag teacher, Jeff Svendsen. Mr. Svendsen successfully petitioned to have our section moved to the same FFA section that our high school students belong to. We just got the official announcement!
This is a Message from Erin Odle, junior high volleyball coach: Paw Paw Junior High Volleyball would like to welcome any 5th grade girl to join our 2019 volleyball team. Physicals and forms need to be turned into the office before the girls can practice. You can get a physical from your family doctor or from a local clinic. Practices are weekdays at the school from 3:30 - 5PM. Girls need to have good tennis shoes that don't slip and knee pads. They can join practice starting today, Friday, August 16 if they have everything turned in. Please contact Coach Erin at 815.994.2433 with any questions.
Indian Creek High School begins their school year tomorrow, August 14th. Just a reminder that High School students that are taking the shuttle bus in the morning to Indian Creek High School need to be at Paw Paw School by 7:50am. Have a great evening.
Bus to Indian Creek: Students who are attending Indian Creek High School must meet at Paw Paw School at 7:50 am for the bus to IC.
This is Eve Phillips, Principal at Paw Paw Schools. I am calling to invite you all to our Open House & School Supply Drop Off this WEDNESDAY, August 14th from 5pm - 6pm. This is a chance to meet the teachers and drop off school supplies in their classroom. Also, we wanted to invite everyone to our Back to School Bash this SATURDAY, August 17th from 10am - Noon here at the school. We have lots of fun, free activities for the students. I’m looking forward to a great school year. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Thank you and have a great evening.
School Board Meeting Monday August 12, 2019. 7:pm In the Board Meeting Room in the JH Wing.
This is a message from Erin Odle, Junior High volleyball coach at Paw Paw: This is a reminder that the Paw Paw Volleyball camp is Monday, Aug. 5 through Thursday, Aug 8. Kindergarten through 4th grade will be from 8:30 - 9:30 AM. 5th through 8th grade will be from 9:30 through 11:30 AM. Both will be in the high school gym. Please bring your $5 per player if you haven't already paid. Also, Jr. High volleyball practice will begin August 13. 6th through 8th grade girls are invited to join us. We will decide whether 5th graders will be pulled up once we know our numbers. We will practice August 13 - 16 from 3:30 - 5:00 PM. On Thursay, students need to go home after the noon dismissal and return for practice at 3:30. On Friday, and every day after that, there will be a classroom designated with a supervisor for any players wishing to stay at school after the 2:55 dismissal until 3:30 when practice begins. If taking advantage of this opportunity, the players will be required to remain in the room until the coach arrives. If a player doesn't wish to use this resource time, they must leave school and return for practice at 3:30. Players will not be allowed to be in the hallways or on school grounds without supervision. Practices for the rest of the season will be determined during this first week of practice. This information will be posted on the school live feed and facebook. Thank you and have a great evening.
From the Nurse about Health Requirements for Students: We will need the following forms: Kindergarten students: school physical, eye doctor form, dental form* 2nd grade students - dental form* 6th grade: school physical (will cover the sports physical) dental form* 9th grade: school physical* (will cover the sports physical) Sport physicals for all students who are going out for sports at Paw Paw Jr. High School is required. *All students are eligible to take advantage of the mobile dentist to be held this fall to fulfill the requirements for a dental exam for K, 2nd, and 6th grade or you may go to your family dentist. **REMEMBER: Students entering 6th and 12th grade will need to show proof of recent meningococcal conjugate vaccination, MCV, (meningitis vaccination); 6th grade dose is to be on or after 11 years of age; 12th grade is 2nd dose unless the first dose was after 16 years of age.
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